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Big Trouble

Big Trouble

Big Trouble

1986 / 93min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN CASSAVETES

CAST: PETER FALK, ALAN ARKIN, BEVERLY D'ANGELO

SCREENPLAY - ANDREW BERGMAN

Cassavetes’s final film, which he stepped in to direct, is a black comic riff on Double Indemnity starring Alan Arkin as a Los Angeles insurance agent who, faced with an imposing tuition bill for his triplets, is drawn into a plot hatched by knockout femme fatale Beverly D’Angelo, conspiring to bump off her ailing husband, played by Peter Falk, and features cinema’s ultimate spit-take. In hindsight, the film is a bittersweet sign-off from Cassavetes, and a reminder of the pleasures even a minor work can offer.